BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, 4OD aim for Xbox
MS' Live service to gain TV content for Xmas
Microsoft has signed up video-on-demand companies Blinkbox and Lovefilm, and Channel 4's catch-up viewing service 4OD, to bring their offerings to the Xbox 360 this year.
BBC iPlayer will be coming too. So will Channel 5's catch-up service.
The channels will be made available through Xbox Live.
They'll be joined by a number of lesser known names, including Crackle, Muzu and Vevo, and form part of a major telly-centric Xbox Live upgrade MS is planning globally.
Like Sony, MS is keen to get more, broader content than games onto its console through its online portal, the better to position both hardware and online service as a conduit for general home entertainment. ®
Has better games?
As someone who owns both consoles (and a Wii FWIW), and has done so since both consoles originally came out, I can say that all you have stated is an "opinion".
Now, I personally prefer the games on the 360 than those on PS/3, so much so that in *my* particular case I use my 360 for games, and my PS/3 as a media player. That's not to say that 360 games are necessarily "better" than those on the PS/3, just that I prefer them, and also that I prefer the feel of the 360 controller.
In short - if the acronym GOW means Gears of War rather than God of War to you, you're likely to prefer the 360 over the PS/3.
As to the Xbox looking "very tired and end-of-life", that's really sounding like fanboi nonsense! :)
One last comment in defence of the Xbox 360 - Sky Go! :)
"Xbox is useless without Gold"
Mine is pretty useful without it. Plays games and can download stuff and everything.
Not interested in playing against 13 yr old CoD fans in multiplayer so why would I want Gold?
Besides BBC iPlayer must be free to a license fee payer by law.
The list of worldwide providers here implies that BBC content will be free (no asterisk)
One has been able to get iPlayer even on the old xBox for years now. Also quite a few other streaming channels. Why do people put up with waiting for MS to bring public services into their walled garden?
It's like buying a Sony TV and thinking that it's great to only be able to get content off the Bravia services. Feck that.
Loads of TV services to be added via a dashboard update on 15th November. iPlayer doesn't require a gold account and hardly any of the others do either: